A Supercomputer on Wheels, the New 2020 Porsche 911 S Shows Why the Classic Model Still Matters

The prospect of an entirely new version is both exciting and fraught: We can all think of beloved items that were given the “new and improved” treatment and have failed miserably in the second category.

The people at Porsche refer to this latest iteration as the 992, and there’s plenty new to talk about, including updated technology, more horsepower and a body style that’s been widened.

On a recent day in southern Spain, I slide into the driver’s seat of a 992, officially dubbed the 911 Carrera S. The sun slants through wispy clouds, lighting up the tops of the craggy mountains.

Over the years, Porsche has inched the engine nearer to the center and instituted tech that mitigates the snap oversteer of old models, a dangerous response that can make the car spin suddenly.

I squeeze the brake, tap the left paddle shifter to drop down a gear and don’t even get a squeal of tires as I round a sharp bend.

It’s hard to argue with increased safety, but the 911’s ethos has always hewed toward escaping the slings and arrows of the regular, plodding world: a performance car that lets you focus on the experience.

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